Despite Resignations And Reports, Trump Says Lawyers ‘Want To Represent Me’

President Donald Trump Departs from the South Lawn of the White House on Marine One, on Friday, March 23, 2018. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
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Despite weeks of turmoil within his legal team, President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed “Many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russia case.”

The tweets come just days after John Dowd, the President’s lead lawyer in the Russia probe, resigned from that role, reportedly due to Trump’s insistence on pursuing a more aggressive legal strategy than Dowd had advised.

Dowd’s resignation itself came less than two weeks after Trump named him in a tweet and claimed “I am VERY happy with my lawyers.”

CNN reported Friday that Joe DiGenova’s role on Trump’s legal team was in question despite Trump attorney Jay Sekulow’s announcement, four days earlier, that DiGenova “will be joining our legal team later this week.” DiGenova and his wife Victoria Toensing, who work as partners, met with Trump on Thursday, CNN reported.

And several high profile litigators have reportedly declined to serve the President, including former solicitor general Theodore Olsen.

Trump’s May 11 tweets came in response to a New York Times report that he was in talks with Emmet Flood, who represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment proceedings. The Washington Post said Thursday that Trump’s discussions with Flood were “still preliminary.” CNN’s Katelyn Polantz reported the same day that Flood was one of several attorneys to turn Trump down in recent weeks. 

Mark Corallo resigned as the spokesperson for Trump’s legal team in July. Months later, the New York Times reported that he was concerned about potential obstruction of justice issues he witnessed on the job; namely, that former White House communications director Hope Hicks assured Trump revealing emails between Donald Trump Jr. and British publicist Rob Goldstone concerning a Russian lawyer promoting dirt on Hillary Clinton “will never get out.” (They ultimately did get out.)  

And while Trump may claim “Fame & fortune will NEVER be turned down by a lawyer,” his decades-long history of stiffing employees and contractors likely hasn’t helped his case.

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